Tuesday Shorts Talk: “Mickey’s Trailer”

Tuesday Shorts Talk is a weekly discussion of an animated short film, featuring classics and lesser known works.

The first Tuesday Shorts Talk is centered on one of the most playful Disney cartoons: 1938’s “Mickey’s Trailer.” One of the later classic Mickey, Donald and Goofy cartoons, “Mickey’s Trailer” follows the trio’s whimsical and hilariously precarious ride through the countryside and mountains in an RV camper. As with most brilliant Disney shorts, this one works well because of Mickey, Donald and Goofy’s character dynamics and the kinetic interactions they have with each other and their surroundings. Here it is in full:

As with most shorts featuring Goofy, he is the star of the show. His obliviousness to the life-threatening situation his friends are experiencing delivers comedic brilliance. As Mickey and Donald careen down a cliffside and are almost demolished by a train, Goofy is enjoying a leisurely ride through the countryside, talking to Mickey and Donald, completely unaware of their absence.

As mentioned before, this short also succeeds because it is kinetic; creative motion thrives in each frame, whether this involves a watermelon exploding in Goofy’s face or the trailer zooming down the mountain as Donald hangs for his life on a 1930’s era telephone. This short capitalizes on the possibilities of motion present in the trio’s situation and completely nails it.

On a side note, this beautifully animated piece that makes great use of color. Never before has corn on the cob looked so appetizing in a cartoon!

“Mickey’s Trailer” is a standout short in the Mickey, Donald and Goofy series. Disney cartoons have entertained audiences just as much before and after this, but this 1938 short is an ideal example of why the trio’s chemistry, when executed correctly, produces some of the best comedy animation has to offer.

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